Halal Chicken and Rice with Tzatziki Sauce
In case you didn’t know, I took my virgin voyage to New York City. Holy WOW! Was it amazing you ask? YES YES YES!!! I can’t wait to go back
All of these amazing sights stole my breath. I really can not wait to go back, and the other reason why?? FOOD!!! I love FOOD, I love NYC FOOD, I love STREET MEAT!!!
SO WRONG, but so GOOD! The hot dogs–YUM! The Halal Carts? DOUBLE YUM or YUM YUM!!!
It was so good I had to make an attempt. So, after some investigating into herbs and seasonings, this is what I came up with. I must say it turned out pretty darn close—and for now a lot cheaper than a trip back to NYC. We must pay off the first one.
Halal Chicken and Rice
Serves 2 to 4 depending on how hungry you are!!
2 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
1 1/2 Tbs Fresh Ginger finely chopped
1 ½ C Tomato Juice
1 Med White Onion Sliced
3 Cloves of Garlic minced
3 Tbs Ground Cumin
3 Tbls Ground Curry
1 Tbs Sweet Paprika
Tabasco to taste
2 Tbs Olive Oil
In a large pot on med high heat the olive oil, when hot add onions, sauté for 5 minutes or until tender. Lower heat to medium, add the minced ginger and garlic, sauté another 5 minutes. Add cumin, curry powder, paprika, Tabasco and tomato juice, cover and cook for 15min stirring occiasionally. Cool to room temperature.
Wash and pat dry the chicken breasts. Dice into bite size pieces. Add to the cooled mixture. Marinate in the refrigerator for a couple of hours.
Cook Basmati Rice according to directions on package
Cook in a lightly greased frying pan on medium high heat until the chicken is cooked through. I actually grilled it on a flat cast iron grill pan —- Fab-U-lous!!!!
1 8 oz Plain Greek Yogurt
2 Cloves of Garlic minced
1 English Cucumber (peeled and diced)
2 tsp White Wine Vinegar
½ Lemon juiced dried
Dill to taste (1/2 tsp?)
Mix garlic, cucumbers in a food processor and blend until almost smooth.
Add lemon juice, vinegar, yogurt and dill, mix. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use—so yum!!!
Mound the cooked rice on a plate, top with the Halal Chicken and drizzle with the Tzatziki sauce.